Week 5 Power Rankings

Small Schools

  1. Trinity (4-0) - After four weeks the Titans are now the top dogs of the small school area and it’ll take a lot to remove them. Through four games they’ve surrendered 20 points on defense, while on offense they’ve averaged 54 points per game. Their schedule hasn’t been great, but they’ve shown virtually no let ups.

  2. St. Dominic (4-0) - The Crusaders are now number two and they looked the part of a top side with a solid 34-14 victory over Borgia. The defense gave up less than 200 yards of total offense, which is how they’ve beaten teams, but the offense gave them insurance with 290 yards on the ground. Still gotta take it one week at a time with this team. Dominic Demerath and Jacob Larson continue to be a dynamic duo on the ground.

  3. John Burroughs (3-1) - I wasn’t sure about the Bombers after two wins over lesser competition, going into their game against Westminster, but they took care of business. I think it’s safe to say that the offense is not as explosive compared to past Burroughs sides, but the defense is on point, which is what matters most at the end of the day. At the moment, they control their destiny in the Metro League.

  4. Lutheran North (3-1) - An upset to MICDS on the road puts a question mark on the Crusader’s offensive consistency. They showed how good they can be in week one, but have since struggled to finish drives and get the ball in the end zone. North has a huge test to right their wrongs against Burroughs at home. The talent is there and maybe that loss will be an awakening.

  5. McCluer South-Berkeley (4-0) - The Bulldogs have played in three actual games only have four left, but they’ve done everything right, in terms of getting victories. A multi-dimensional offense has been the key with Tavian Willis accumulating over 500 passing yards and the Bulldogs have four players with over 100 rushing yards.

  6. Lutheran South (3-1) - The Lancers are now approaching the heart of their schedule with Westminster, Burroughs, and Lutheran North coming up in succession. The offense has been the focal point, but there was some questions about the defense. They’ll arguably get their best test yet, as they host Westminster on Friday night.

  7. Lutheran St. Charles (3-1) - This is a squad that I wouldn't have been surprised to see in the top 10. After all they were in the honorable mention, but the Cougars knocked of Cardinal Ritter in dramatic fashion, which has made quite a few people sit up and listen. They’re a run heavy team that has plenty of good athletes and blockers.

  8. MICDS (2-2) - The Rams have come out of nowhere within a span of two weeks and a big reason why is they’ve made adjustments. Graham Bundy and Harry Wellford were splitting time at quarterback, but it’s now Bundy’s. He’s thrown for over 400 yards and six touchdowns in their two big victories of Lutheran North and South, but it’s the defense that has been the main story. Wellford is also a linebacker and he's helped out big time in the front seven. MICDS has been in every game and have really been a play or two away from being undefeated.

  9. Cardinal Ritter (2-2) - The Lions started out on a high, but have since lost their last two games, including a heart breaker to to Lutheran St. Charles 50-46. They have a good chance to bounce back with the schedule that lies ahead of them, given their talent, but they need to make adjustments, especially on defense, which has allowed 98 points in two straight games.

  10. St. Mary’s (2-2) - It all seemed like the Dragons were on their way, but a shocking loss to Duchesne has them back down to earth. A 35-33 loss to a winless team raises questions on their ability stay consistent during games. They have the talent to do big things and have done so on offense so far, but they need to work the defensive problems if they're going to keep their head above water.

 

Honorable Mention

 

Miller Career (3-1) - Two straight shutouts over, including a 16-0 victory over Vashon has the Phoenix’s on the cusp of the top 10. A bought with Soldan will be challenging.

Westminster (1-3) - Another frustrating loss. The Wildcats have a tough schedule, but they’re approaching a respite in the second half of the regular season.

Brentwood (3-1) - Loss to Orchard Farm drags them out of the rankings, but should recover. Could learn a lot from their first regular season loss since 2013, an impressive run.

St. Charles West (2-2) - After a close, tough loss to Francis Howell Central and then big 74-27 win over Winfield, the Warriors creep back into the honorable mention.

Confluence (3-1) - Previously unbeaten, but suffered a big setback to Park Hills Central 43-6. Should bounce back over the next couple of games.

 

Large Schools

  1. CBC (3-1) - The Cadets are the best team in St. Louis and maybe the state. Coming back from 13-0 first half deficit against Chaminade, one of the best defenses in the state, and then shutting them down for most the game says a lot about CBC’s capabilities. I was skeptical of the team’s experience, but I’m a believer now.

  2. Chaminade (3-1) - The Red Devils were number one for four weeks, but couldn’t limit CBC’s offensive attack with their star-studded defense. I’m pretty sure their goal was to win the MCC and go undefeated, which is out the window, but a state championship is the ultimate goal. It’ll be telling how they respond against a tough Vianney squad.

  3. Kirkwood (3-1) - It had to be done. With wins over Vianney, Lafayette, Pattonville, and the close loss to Chaminade, the Pioneers leapfrog Hazelwood Central to the three spot. They also are clicking on all cylinders on offense with Reece Goddard breaking the school record for most passing yards in a game with 403. Very dangerous right now going up against a very good defensive team that is Parkway North.

  4. Hazelwood Central (4-0) - I got to see them for a half against Hazelwood East and they were fundamentally sound on defense, but had a tough time moving the ball during phases on offense. Their competition hasn’t been as great compared to Kirkwood, which is a big factor for their demotion. They can only beats what’s in front of them, and they have, but lack a signature win.

  5. Eureka (4-0) - The Wildcats keep on winning with somewhat of statement victory over Marquette. I’m not saying it’s a signature win, but merely stating that still are the alpha dogs in the Suburban West against a side that is trying to strip that title from them. It’s hard to see Eureka cough up a loss for the duration of their regular season. They control their own destiny.

  6. SLUH (3-1) - Good 54-14 victory over De Smet, but they lost Illinois recruit, Terry Adams for the season with an ACL injury. They do have enough athletes to step in, but Adams was an X-factor at wide receiver. The Jr. Bills can adjust, but it’s a big setback for the playoffs with the district they’re in.

  7. Parkway North (4-0) - Not much else changed this week and that starts with the Vikings, who took care of business against Summit. The defense has allowed now just two touchdowns in four games and 16 points overall. It won’t be as simple when they travel to Kirkwood this Friday for probably their toughest game of the season.

  8. Ritenour (4-0) - The Huskies kept it rolling with a solid 41-13 victory over Webster Groves. There may have been some doubt on how they would fare, but they proved they will be a tough out for anyone in the Suburban South. Ritenour’s run game is a hard to solve with Mann McGruder and company in the backfield.

  9. Francis Howell (3-1) - We didn’t find out much about the Vikings this past week, but there’s a good chance we will as they face Francis Howell North on the road. They’ve had good success of running the ball the past two weeks and McGwire Dean proved he’s capable of racking up passing yards.

  10. Ladue (3-1) - A win's a win, but a 43-21 victory to spoil homecoming for Parkway Central is a signature win. The Rams pretty much played out their first complete game of the season with over 400 yards of offense and limited Central to 66 yards rushing and forced four turnovers. Along with Parkway North, Ladue is looking like world beaters in Class 4.

 

Honorable Mention

Timberland (4-0) - One of the few undefeated teams in the area and have come through in close games, which shows they won’t panic in the face adversity.

Fort Zumwalt North (3-1) - Rebounding well and has gotten the Cade Brister machine running wild on offense. Nice 46-13 win over Fort Zumwalt East.

Marquette (2-2) - Was with Eureka for the first half, but the Wildcats got away from them. Looking good going forward, though.

Vianney (1-3) - Money for money, this is the best 1-3 team in Missouri. Never easy when you lose in a shootout like they had against undefeated Battle. There's still no time to rest with Chaminade looming over their heads.

Pattonville (1-3) - Really tough schedule, which they wanted, but the results haven’t turned up yet. One of the most battle-tested teams in the area, mind you.